Al Qassam Brigades, the paramilitary wing of Hamas, held a press conference late Saturday night in Gaza, promising an “important video message” that would shock Israel.

Self-described Islamic libertarian Iyad El-Baghdadi live-tweeted the conference. Among the claims by Al Qassam is the shooting down of an Israeli warplane over the Gaza sea, an event the group claims Israel is hiding from its people.

One lesson learned from Hamas — don’t believe everything you see, such as that photo of an injured child which was revealed to have been taken in Syria a month earlier. A rumor spread last night claimed Hamas had downed an Israeli F-16 and captured the pilot.

There was no immediate reaction to the press conference from the IDF’s official Twitter account. Twitchy will continue to monitor the situation. In the meantime, it seems observers should expect more of the same.

One viewer in Egypt captured a shot of the video.


Al Qassam has uploaded the video that will shock Israel to YouTube, and yes, it’s “shaky” in more ways than one. (Fair warning: it’s loud.)